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  • 23 May
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    the travel experience of any old road trip – save for the length of the journey,
    that is. The kneeling was noticeable quickly enough. To some, the raised fists
    seem almost ominous.On the first week of the NFL season there was almost as much
    going on during the national anthem as there was on the field. Players were
    making statements, and they didnt seem afraid of disrupting the highly
    choreographed spectacle that is an NFL game.At some point the league may have to
    find a way to deal with the newfound social consciousness of some of its
    employees. Theres no upside for the NFL if images of players holding clenched
    fists aloft during the national anthem begin to overshadow those of men
    colliding with each other on the field of play.So far that hasnt happened,
    though the season is young. Still, the sight of players making silent protests
    during the national anthem has to be disconcerting to a league that has always
    demanded conformity and blind obedience from its workers.It barely qualified as
    an NFL issue before Colin Kaepernick took a knee during an exhibition game. Now
    Commissioner Roger Goodell walks a fine line, voicing support for the right of
    players to speak out while in the same breath saying he wants them to respect
    the flag and most everyone who has ever put on a uniform.Goodell has so far been
    relatively restrained, and he has reason to tread lightly. The league he heads
    has profited greatly over the years, in no small part because it wraps itself
    around the flag and embraces the military and police at every opportunity.But
    two-thirds of its players are black. And they -- fueled by the constant feedback
    from social media -- are finding their voice about things they see wrong in the
    communities they grew up in.And sports may never be the same.I think weve come
    to a point in the history of sports that really for the first time in my
    lifetime -- and Ive spent 50 years doing this -- youre seeing athletes getting
    involved in social justice issues, said Richard Lapchick, director of The
    Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central
    Florida. You had the occasional heroic athlete stand up in the `60s or `70s, but
    they were very few and far between and they paid the price for it.Some may pay
    the price for this, too. Denvers Brandon Marshall quickly lost two endorsements
    after he took a knee before last weeks opener. The outcry against Kaepernick and
    others on sociall media has been ugly at times.ddddddddddddAnd in a league where
    players are desperate to make rosters, it wouldnt be a surprise if taking a
    stand meant a greater chance of being told to hit the road.That wasnt an issue
    when LeBron James and fellow members of the Miami Heat donned hoodies in 2012
    for a team picture in support of slain Miami teen-ager Trayvon Martin. Too much
    star power there, and the NBA is a little more socially aware than the
    NFL.Lapchick points to the hoodie protest as the start of a new generation of
    athletes becoming socially active. Some WNBA members also took a stand, wearing
    warmup shirts on behalf of Black Lives Matter this summer.The handling of that
    by the WNBA was botched a bit, and surely the NFL learned lessons from that.
    Goodell has said all the right things so far, but its still early in the
    game.Its an issue that sports is going to have to make an informed decision on
    how they are going to treat it, Lapchick said. This isnt something that is going
    to go away, whether its in the form of the national anthem or wearing T-shirts
    or other paraphernalia. From my viewpoint its here into the indefinite
    future.That may worry some, but it pleases Lapchick to no end. Hes not only
    crusaded for civil rights his entire life, but paid the price for it
    himself.Lapchick was a 5-year-old when he looked out his bedroom window in New
    York to see men hanging an image of his father. Joe Lapchick was the coach of
    the New York Knicks, and his crime was to sign Nat Sweetwater Clifton, the first
    black player in the NBA in 1950.Years later, as an anti-apartheid activist,
    Lapchick was attacked by two men in a library at Virginia Wesleyan College, who
    held him down and carved the N-word into his stomach.Hell be watching closely as
    Goodell navigates his way through uncharted waters. Well all be watching to see
    how a commissioner who fancies himself to be a disciplinarian deals with things
    that discipline cant solve.The way the NFL handles anthem protests may turn out
    to be as significant in the long run as the protests themselves.----Tim Dahlberg
    is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at
    tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg ' ' '